Fabulous, but careful with the wine
The first really good place we dined in SW FL.
The Antipasta was a very nice collection of meats, cheese, grilled vegetables and seafood. One of the best we've ever had. The grouper was flavorful and fresh. The sea bass was nicely presented on top of a Parmesan risotto. However, the best, (everybody agreed) was the tagletalle bolegnase. Rich, flavorful combination that ranks up with Figs in Boston. Desserts were outstanding. The traditional and key lime tiramisu were light as air. The canolli was almost as good as Mikes in the north end. Service was attentive and professionally engaging. The only negative was the $50 bottle of chianti that was ordinary at best. Quadrupling the price still makes it a $13 wine.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a late reservation
We had a late reservation - 8:45 and had to wait for a few minutes before being seated. Obviously the other diners were enjoying their dinners and lingering longer than expected. The owner offered us a glass of wine while we waited and was very gracious. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner (the bolognese polenta and sea bass were superb). We, too, lingered - all the way to closing!
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
The place to go on the islands
At last, a restaurant on Sanibel or Captiva that serves food worthy of the toll bridge. Wonderful starters, Esp. Antipasto. The Grouper and Sea Bass were well prepared and Not Mushy, Fishey, or deep fried. The chicken breast was flavorful and tender. However, the star in my opinion was the bolegnase over the tartadelle pasta. Rich, full flavored meat selections in a deep tomato base over aldente pasta was outstanding. Dessert sections also excellent and light. Only low point was the wine on one trip. The lower priced $35 red Italian blend was a relative bargain. Will come back here often.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of the best
Fantastic food! This was one of the top meals we had on Sanibel. I had the Duck confit gnocci and my husband had the seafood fettuccini (sp?). The service was attentive. We had a very minor problem with our appetizer (the antipasti) which they fixed immediately. They were too apologetic! Our server was professional, yet friendly. I highly recommend the restaurant.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
the owner is so awesome- she
the owner is so awesome- she greeted us then showed us some dishes being made in the kitchen while we waited for our table. Delicious bread- the antipasti platter is the best. We got specials -- osso bucco, lobster pasta with spicy sauce, lamb with asparagus and cheese fried up in a little pouch. YUM. I went with my parents for dinner in March. Vibrant charming little gem. Its name I believe means the "treasure" in italian-- perfectly fitting name! Highly recommend. this is now one of our top choices for dinner in sanibel up there with sunset grill, thistle lodge & cips.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was fantastic...my wife
Food was fantastic...my wife and daughter were fighting over the last bites of Lobster Ravioli.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food preparation
Excellent food preparation and presentation in a quaint Italian "family-style" setting. Diners will enjoy the visit, food, and service. PS: if time permits, visit the art galary located in the building just in front of Il Tesoro.
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food and service was outstanding!! Highly recommend for fine evening dinning.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our evening at Il Tesoro was
Our evening at Il Tesoro was pleasant. The service was very strong and the menu was well rounded. The wine list was very limited, poorly edited and very expensive -- not a match for the menu. The bill, moreover, was astounding placing the restaurant way out of the competitive frame on the island. A good dining experience but bring an armored car and be prepared to feel taken.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
A great change of pace
This is, without question, the best Italian food I've found on Sanibel Island!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
A must for anyone looking
A must for anyone looking for a great meal while on Sanibel
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food and service were
The food and service were terrific. The space is small so it's a bit croweded. We go every year we are in Sanibel and would highly recommend it. It's a bit pricy but well worth it.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a wonderful, if unevenly
This is a wonderful, if unevenly priced, well staffed, and thoughtfully considered gem.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small but very special restaurant.
Small but very special restaurant. Open kitchen so a little noisy. Wait staff are excellent, knowledgeable and attentive. Food was great.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious food and an espresso
Delicious food and an espresso the way it should be!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
As outstanding in atmosphere, service and cuisine as I remember from my trip to Sanibel last year. Bravo
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic food in a comfortable
Fantastic food in a comfortable setting. You could be in a small village restaurant in Italy. We've been twice and have loved our food both times. Definitely a gem!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
A step above restaurant in
A step above restaurant in an resort town. Excellent, over the top great food, huge portions, fun waiter, attentive owner, only wish I had room for dessert! Great tables for four people, would have preferred a larger table for the five of us, I would not go with a huge group. Otherwise, I would recommend this to everyone!!!!
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is one of our favorite
This is one of our favorite restaurants......anywhere. The daily specials are always superb.....and yet the regular menu has choices to which we can't seem to say "no". Taylor Trinkle, the chef, does a marvelous job with everything he creates. It's a "special" place and we recommend it to everyone who desires a great dining experience.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went here for our last
We went here for our last night in Sanibel and had a very good meal. My husband thought the sea bass was outstanding and we both really enjoyed the anti-pasti. The staff and service was very friendly and attentive. They were even able to accommodate our 6 year old. If your looking for a special or splurge meal that is different from the standard fare in the area, go here.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Little Find
A very nice meal with great ambience in a little space with a lot of character. It offered all the frills of a fine dining restaurant with the charm and island flare that is Sanibel. They have a great balance of menu offerings and their lamb with a reduced balsamic was absolutely delicious!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
for a special occassion
wonderful evening with great food. Lots to chose from so I hope to come back for another special time to have something different. My husband had the sea bass and said it was one of the best he had--even better then the fish at a well known chef in New York. This was off season so it was quiet but I could not have asked for a better evening
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mom's vacation highlight
Eating here was one of the highlights of my mom only vacation! Loved loved loved it!!!!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
a hidden gem
We'd been to Sanibel several times in the last few years, but never even noticed this great little Italian gem, tucked away behind an art gallery near the start of the San-Cap Road. The food is authentic (by way of the owners' New York roots) and delicious. The quirky decor sets a nice ambiance. The staff is attentive and helpful. We'll definitely be back on future trips, and we'll be sure to try their sister establishment on the upper East Side next time we're in NYC!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We always try to eat here twice during our visits. The food is fantastic, delicious italian food, we had osso bucco and short ribs with gnocci. The dessert was excellent, good strong coffee. And topping the meal off with wine, what could be better!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful dining experience!
The food was exceptional and generous in proportion. The filet was perfectly cooked, accompanied by delicious vegetables. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. And the lemoncello parfait dessert is not to be missed! Loved it!
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We dined at Il Tesoro at the end of our vacation, as a last stop before leaving the island, and we're so glad we did. The food was fantastic, the ambiance was perfect, and the staff was excellent and friendly! It was a special end to our 30th anniversary trip. Highly recommended.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed the food we had the night we were there. Veal marsala, lamb chops and linguine with sausage and peppers were excellent. You feel very welcomed and at home from arrival to the time you leave. They do not rush you, just very relaxing
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Real Keeper!
From the moment we walked in the door, and smelled the wonderful, enticing food aromas, we knew we had found a wonderful restaurant! The service was extrodinary: friendly, welcoming, attentive and informative. We tried the polenta bolognase (to die for... The sauce was fantastic), the calamari was fresh and crisp, salads were good, and we loved our entrees: the lobster ravioli, and the filet. Cooked to perfection! We will definitely return when in the area, and we would recommend Il Tesero to other first timers visiting the Sanibel area! Worth the price!
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall, we had a great experience.
Overall, we had a great experience. The food was good and the service was attentive. The bread that was served as an appetizer was a little dry. We like those fresh, hot, steaming bread rolls. The steak and lamb chops were delicious. After a little while, the place filled up and was a little noisy. Overall a good experience
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Restaurant. Lobster
Amazing Restaurant. Lobster Ravioli to die for!!!! Can't wait to go back!!!
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Sanibel!
This restaurant is very quaint and unusually friendly for a resort tiown. Most of the other restaurants we visited in Saibel and Captiva were just OK and the service was cool and not really friendly.
Tesoro is a real gem! Food was phenominal as was the friendly and warm service. This is authentic upscale Italian / Continental Cuisine. Fresh ingredients expertly and simply prepared. Found my favorite Amarone on the wine list at a fair price. All in all, our best experience while on a long weekend in Sanibel. I would make this a regular on my list of restaurants if we lived in the area. When you visit Sanibel don't pass up this opportunity for a really great dining experience.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of southwest FL best
We have been through many restaurants in Sanibel but this is near the best, if not the best so far. Appetizers were interesting, we had the filet on arugula which was nicely balanced with tasty capers. With our waiter's advice, I had the Papperdelle Bolognese, which was wonderful.
Wines by the glass severely limited, plan on a bottle.
The best part was how friendly and helpful the entire staff was. They all worked as a team taking care of everyone when it got busy, and never stopped smiling. We weren't rushed, and felt no pressure for table turnover. That said, get reservations.
Only problem was how cramped the tables were...some "generous" folks had trouble getting by. Thankfully we are little!
Kids do well here, bring them.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our second time here and another excellent meal at Il Tesoro. The service is always wonderful too. It is a little pricey but the dining experience is worth it. Do not pass up the antipasto platter.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Meal on Vacation
We were on Sanibel for 4 nights and we had 2 dinners at Il Tesoro. The service was phenomenal and the mussels were diving. I will be back to Sanibel Island just to have another meal there. Worth every penny!! Thank you!
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the food
Recently enjoyed dinner here loved the food
The service was a little confusing as we were
Not sure who our server was as they all were at the
Table at some point the only negative I thought
The wine list was over priced with no names just
Like chianti Italian, Sauvignon blanc New Zealand
That was unfamiliar to me I like to know what I am
Ordering but would defiantly return
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Drove by Il Tesoro many times over the years and didn't know it was there. If not for Open Table we would have kept driving by and would have missed out on the best Italian food in Southwest Florida. The Ravioli (mushroom) was the kickoff to a perfect freshly cooked dinner on Island! We will definitely be back on a regular basis.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not your typical tropical/beachy restaurant experience on Sanibel/Captiva. Il Tesoro really feels Italian when you get inside--the decor, the lovely music--a welcome and sophisticated change from the usual casual "islandy" fare & "margaritaville" sounds. The owner/hostess was friendly and gracious upon our arrival and our waiters were friendly and efficient.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Italian ! A great find
Is hard to find a great restaurant on Sanibel...and this is one!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
They Go the Extra Mile
It wasn't the restaurant's fault that a very large mosquito landed (and died) on my plate of pappardelle bolognese after it was served. Hey, this is Florida - it happens. In fact, since it landed on the edge of my pasta, it would've been an easy fix to simply remove the noodle and move on. Instead, my server and hostess went out of their way to apologize for the incident (again, not their fault), and promptly prepare a fresh, new, steaming-hot dish with a smile. By the way, did I mention the pappardelle bolognese was excellent? Well done, Il Tesoro. I'll be back.
7/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
great food, great service.
great food, great service. only criticism is that the wine prices are way too high, especially for the house wine by the glass
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The entire experience from the food to the atmosphere and service were amazing. Demetrio was the best and recommended the best wines and foods to fit our taste.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best on Sanibel
My favorite Sanibel/Captiva restaurant. Outstanding and interesting menu and the food was excellent. Helpful wait staff created a fun evening.
8/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was great, felt like
Food was great, felt like I was back in Little Italy, people were very nice, decor was perfect. somehow the kitchen managed to forget to make one of our only 2 entrees, and only one other table in the restaurant, but the food was worth the wait. complimentary glasses of moscato for my bday were a nice touch. will definetely be back
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
VERY GOOD, BUT QUITE PRICEY
The food is very good, but pricey. Plain pasta dishes were in the mid- $20s. Specials upward from mid-$40s. House wine was $10 a glass and $40 a bottle. I live on Sanibel, and would go again, but only for special occasions or if I'm going as someone's guest.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The meal was fantastic! We had the veal dishes and the grilled calamari which were outstanding! Portions were adequate. We felt that the wines was very overpriced.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I have dined at Il Tesoro's since it open and NEVER had a bad experience. Food is exceptional as well as the service. The lobster ravioli is excellent either as an appetizer or meal. If looking for a perfect italian evening on Sanibel, Il Tesoro's should be your destination.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a find in Sanibel
The restaurant is small and intimate, and except for the oldies music playing too loudly in the background, would have met our romantic goal. Our table was ready on arrival and we were greeted warmly and provided menus. The wine list was not extensive and we felt well over priced. We were going to start with fried calamari as an appetizer but our waiter suggested trying it grilled instead - excellent suggestion! My wife had a classic Caesar's next and I opted for the tomato and mozzarella - which could easily have been shared. All good, but the topper was their lamb shank Osso-bucco. Wow!
Service was excellent - with not just one waiter but several checking in on us, always with a smile and eager to serve.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was well prepared and very good. The service was excellent with very friendly waiters.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorites! The
One of our favorites! The food, service and overall dining experience are unsurpassed on the islands! We'll be going back this weekend.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM